Admission to the
An AUDITION or PORTFOLIO REVIEW is required for admission to the Theatre Major in the School of Theatre and Dance.
The School of Theatre and Dance at JMU requires a gateway process for admission to the Theatre Major that reflects the applicant's interest and abilities. In addition to presenting material, each applicant interviews with the gateway committee.
Applicants most interested in performance present an audition, those directed toward design and theatre technology present a portfolio for review, and those interested in theatre studies (including theatre history, dramaturgy, theatre criticism, playwriting, directing, devising, and management) and theatre education (teacher licensure) present a portfolio of examples and records of their work. These four areas represent the different Concentrations within the Major. Each Concentration requires and recommends particular courses, and students within a Concentration receive priority placement in its range of courses, although any Theatre major is eligible to take any theatre course for which they have completed the prerequisite course(s). The gateway process for admission to majors occurs in the sophomore year but may be influenced by the quality of an applicant's audition/portfolio review/interview for admission.
While you do not need to have applied to the university prior to scheduling an appointment you MUST have applied to the university by the appropriate deadlines listed, AND before attending the audition.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Saturday, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, and Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
Late March or Early April, 2016--Date to be determined
ARRANGING AN AUDITION/ INTERVIEW
Please check back after September 1 to schdule an audition/interview appointment.
Note that the gateway process (audition/ interview) is also used to determine offers of scholarships available to freshmen. We do not currently offer scholarships to transfer or continuing JMU students when admitted to the Theatre or Musical Theatre Majors. However, students admitted to the majors are able to apply for continuing student scholarships in the spring of each year.
Prospective students may elect to be considered for BOTH the Musical Theatre & Theatre Programs by auditioning for the Musical Theatre Program.
Students who wish to be considered for both programs must audition for the Musical Theatre program, fulfill its audition requirements, and indicate when registering to audition that they would like to be considered for both programs.
VTA Audition Attendees: Although JMU faculty representatives will be in attendance and look forward to seeing your audition at the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA – www.vtasite.org) conference in October, 2015, an onsite audition/ interview is necessary for admission and scholarship consideration.
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY
Please note: Admission to JMU itself involves online application directly to the undergraduate Office of Admissions. Although you may schedule your audition/portfolio review/interview before completing the application for academic admission to the University, you must complete the application for academic admission BEFORE your audition/portfolio review/interview.
JMU Application Deadlines are as follows:
Freshman Early Action (non-binding) application deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Spring admit October 15, 2015
Fall admit March 1, 2016
Go to: http://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/index.shtml to access the JMU online application.
Audition/Portfolio Review/Interview Requirements:
For acting-focused applicants: Prepare and memorize two one-minute contrasting monologues (comedy and drama) from modern or classical plays. Both may be from modern plays; at least one must be. Choose characters fairly close to your own age and avoid dialects and accents. Material may be either in prose or verse. Please do not present a monologue from a musical or an unpublished play.
For design/tech-focused applicants, bring a portfolio of your work (designs, photos, renderings, plots, drafting, etc., as appropriate) and be prepared to discuss it.
For theatre study-focused applicants, bring examples of your work that you believe represent your interest and ability (essays on plays or performances, plays you have written, other writing samples, director's notebooks, dramaturgical research, records of work in productions, work in related fields, records of productions directed, prompt books, etc.).
For theatre education-focused applicants, bring examples of your work that you believe represent your interest and ability (lesson plans or descriptions of classes taught, descriptions of leadership or educational guidance such as directing children’s shows or assistant directing, statement of teaching philosophy and reasons for wishing to pursue theatre education, essays on plays or performances, plays you have written, other writing samples, records of work in productions, work in related fields, records of productions directed, prompt books, etc.).
Please bring to your audition/review/interview the following:
1. A current resume of performing and/or theatrical experience.
2. A current photo of yourself.
3. A copy of your high school or college (in the case of transfer students) transcript, including courses in which you are currently enrolled. This does not need to be an official transcript; a photocopy is acceptable.
4. One letter of recommendation from a director or teacher familiar with your work in theatre. Please do not bring or have sent additional letters of recommendation.
5. A 1000 word or less, type-written essay discussing why you want to join the Theatre Concentration at JMU and how you think the BA Theatre program at JMU will help you meet your academic and professional goals.
Important Additional Information
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